OMAHA(KPTM)-- The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture was in Omaha Tuesday morning to talk to farmers and others affected by the drought.
He says he's looking for feedback from those closest to the land on how to be better prepared if another drought hits the Midwest or if the current one goes on longer.
He hit hard on the need for Congress to pass the farm bill. He says farmers are in danger of permanently losing their safety nets if it doesn't get passed.
One farmer who spoke with KPTM says most of the farmers he speaks with are looking forward to a greener future.
"Almost everyone I talk to has a plan. It may not be there first choice plan or the favorite thing that they would like to do. It may be involving some tough decisions but they have a plan to move forward," said Steve Nelson a farmer and the President of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation.
Government officials told a room of farmers that there's no way to predict just how long the current drought could last.
"I think the key here is to prepare for the worst and plan for the worst and hope it doesn't happen," said Vilsack.
Officials said this is looking to be the costliest drought on record.
Around two-thirds of the country has been in a drought during the last year.